Viticulture

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Our philosophy

We strongly believe that by carefully looking after our land and our vines we are able to maximise the quality of the wine we produce.

Bendigo's free draining gravel soils combine with an ideal climate to create the perfect terroir for growing pinot noir grapes and from the outset we have placed the highest importance on growing the very best quality fruit possible. 

Planting Details

The vines at Folding Hill are a mixture of UCD 5, UCD 6, Abel and Dijon clones (113, 114, 115, 667, 777) grafted onto a variety of phylloxera resistant rootstocks (Schwartzmann, Riparia Gloire, 3309 and 101-14)


Almost all of our viticulture is done by hand. The vines are spur pruned in the winter and we use a vertical shoot positioning canopy system. Inground water monitoring allows us to precisely meet the vines' irrigation requirements.

Yields

Crop loads are kept very low by shoot thinning and also by selective bunch thinning after fruit set. Typically our yields are between 3.5 and 4.5 tonnes / hectare and we believe that cropping at this very low level is a key contributor to the concentration of our wines. 

Sheep

We have a growing flock of organic Wiltshire sheep which are used to graze the vineyard outside of the growing season.


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